Social anxiety is conspiracy theories about yourself
Social anxiety affects everyone in different ways and something that one person may find difficult may not be the same for another person with social anxiety, we may not all be triggered the same way or have the same level of severity but one thing is for sure, if we don’t treat it or get a handle on it, it can stop us from living our lives properly. Social anxiety manifests itself in each person differently to the outside world, though I think that on the inside, we each have a very similar monster eating us apart every day. Social anxiety is not just a state of being really shy. Not everyone with a social anxiety disorder is shy and not everyone who is shy has social anxiety disorder but since everyone has a level of social anxiety, including shy people, I think that’s where the misconception comes from.
Social anxiety disorder is a lot more than just being shy. Shyness is a personality trait while social anxiety disorder is a mental illness that affects us on a day-to-day basis and if it is not treated, it can impact our life severely. It is very important to separate the two as social anxiety disorder may go untreated if it is just brushed off as “shyness”.
Social anxiety is an inner weakness that only those who experience it can relate to it. Often those who suffer from social anxiety are misunderstood as being rude, impolite and unfriendly. We must know that everyone has gone or is going through a rough patch in their lives which is causing them to behave in a certain way. Someone’s unliking behaviour does not gives us the license to make judgments about their character and personality.